Nov. 6 is Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk

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Siesta Key Public Beach, June 20, 2010

Siesta Key Public Beach, June 20, 2010

Not sure about you but I’m ready to put misconceptions about the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill’s impact (or lack of) on Florida’s beaches behind and move forward. In an effort to show the world the Sunshine State’s fantabulous beaches, the “Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk” will happen Saturday, November 6, 2010, on Florida’s 825 miles of beaches.

VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning, made the announcement yesterday during the 43rd Annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. The Beach Walk will build on Florida Live’s success.

Florida Live was launched shortly after the oil spill and provided an opportunity for residents and visitors to upload same-day photos to show the world what the beaches look like. It also includes a links to beach cams, destination Twitter feeds and multi-media content generated by VISIT FLORIDA Outdoors & Nature Insider, Kevin Mims.

19th Annual Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim

Kevin Mims, Outdoors and Nature Insider for VISIT FLORIDA, Participating in the Freedom Swim Across the Peace River, Charlotte Harbor, Fla. July 4, 2010

Kevin spent about two months on the road documenting what he saw and experienced in Florida. He uploaded videos, photos and blog posts as well as interact with followers on Facebook and Twitter. Florida Live was complemented with VISIT FLORIDA’s television and radio spot campaigns to spread the word most of the beaches were oil free and Florida is still the best travel destination in the world.

The “Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk” is an opportunity for residents and visitors to “Share a Little Sunshine” by taking and sharing photos and videos of Florida beaches and uploading them to the Florida Live site.

The purpose? To depict a real-time snapshot of Florida’s 825 miles of beaches and demonstrate to the world they are clean, clear and open for business.

Shell Tree at Stump Pass Beach State Park, Florida

Shell Tree at Stump Pass Beach State Park, Florida

Volunteer Florida is coordinating volunteers to photograph and video every mile of beach in Florida. I checked their website but didn’t see any information about how to participate but check their site often for updates. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and Florida Lottery are helping to promote the event.

Read the full announcement on VISIT FLORIDA’s Sunshine Matters blog and be sure to save the date: Nov. 6, 2010, for the Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk.

Updated Oct. 11, 2010: Registration for The Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk is open. Check out my post with details.

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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  1. This sounds like a great excuse to get out in November. I’ll need to add it to my calendar.

  2. Woohoo! You know I’ll be out Sharing a Little Sunshine. BTW – what the heck am I doing in that pic? I suppose I’m trying to walk around in fins… 🙂
    Loved the Peace River Freedom Swim – Amanda and I are looking forward to doing it again next year!

  3. I think you’re wondering what the heck have we gotten ourselves into!?

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